The best books on how to reboot your mindset and relationship with financial security

Why am I passionate about this?

I grew up in poverty in the deep south of Georgia in the 80s where heavy racism existed. We survived on food stamps, living in a 2 bedroom wooden house with a tin roof that my grandfather and uncle built. It was a town of three thousand people all living, acting, and believing the same beliefs. Everyone had a poor mindset and thought that life everywhere was the same as ours. By changing the way my mind thinks, I became a banker for 10 years with 15+ years in financial services. I'm now also a 3x author, bestselling author, a Certified Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner, owner of multiple businesses, and live in two countries.


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Epitome of the Mind

By André Stewart,

Book cover of Epitome of the Mind

What is my book about?

Epitome of the Mind is a thought-provoking and informative book that addresses the issue of one’s thinking and provides strategies for developing a more agile and successful mindset that fosters a better life experience from generating wealth, health, and happiness. The author challenges readers to consider the impact of their thoughts and actions on their personal and financial well-being. With a focus on leveraging one's expertise and network, the book offers practical advice in financial literacy and creating multiple income streams.

Through engaging anecdotes and real-world examples, readers will discover the importance of knowledge integration and the key components of a successful mindset. The author encourages readers to be proactive in shielding themselves in any economy, emphasizing the need to be adaptable and agile in the face of change.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Think and Grow Rich

André Stewart Why did I love this book?

Think and Grow Rich is a self-help book that was written by Napoleon Hill and first published in 1937.

The book is still one of the bestselling books of all time. For me it changed my perspective on why I should have wealth and how it is selfish not to get rich.

It also taught me self-discipline, and the importance of surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals. Not only did it change my perspective on wealth it changed how I viewed people with money and how they attained it.

The book has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been recommended by numerous successful people, including Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robbins. It has been praised for its practical advice and ability to inspire readers to take action toward their goals and dreams.

While some critics argue that the book's focus on individual achievement may come at the expense of social responsibility and community-building, to me it does the opposite as to when you have wealth you’re in a better situation to help more people than just yourself.

By Napoleon Hill,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked Think and Grow Rich as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the bestselling motivational books of all-time. Inspired by a suggestion from industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Hill explains the philosophy that helped the wealthiest and most accomplished members of society succeed.


Book cover of The Millionaire Mind

André Stewart Why did I love this book?

The Millionaire Mind is a non-fiction book that provides a detailed analysis of the traits and characteristics of millionaires in the United States.

From the outside looking in or from what we are taught you understand that wealth was passed down and most rich people came from money or are extremely smart. Based on reading this book, I understand that it is a false narrative and in fact almost 95% of millionaires are self-made and were B & C students in college.

This book is what helped me actually change my beliefs on becoming a millionaire and made it a reality. Understanding that most millionaires were just like me but looked different and had similar backgrounds, I just followed the steps that they did and achieved the same goal.

This book will actually help you become a millionaire or at least help you understand it’s possible for anyone who applies themselves. 

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the attitude and actions of successful individuals. In order to succeed financially, one can use the book's insights into the behaviors and mindsets of millionaires.

Additionally, the book is thoroughly researched and backs up its claims with real-world examples and experiences.

By Thomas J. Stanley,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Millionaire Mind as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Describes the qualities that enabled individuals to become millonaires, and looks at their childhood, education, and choice of vocation.


Book cover of Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

André Stewart Why did I love this book?

Your Money or Your Life is a personal finance classic that offers a step-by-step guide to achieving financial independence and living a fulfilling life.

The book encourages readers to reconsider their relationship with money and make intentional choices about spending and saving. The authors emphasize the true value of money in terms of the time and energy required to earn it and provide practical strategies for reducing expenses, increasing income, and investing wisely.

What makes this book unique is its focus on the connection between money and overall well-being. The authors encourage readers to think about how their financial decisions affect their health, happiness, and relationships, and to strive for financial independence as a way to a more fulfilling life.

Your Money or Your Life is an excellent read for anyone looking to take control of their finances and create a more meaningful life.

By Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Your Money or Your Life as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Have Enough Money for a Rich Life-Without Winning the Lottery
How much money is enough? Vicki Robin has made it her life's work to explore this question. Her remarkable discovery: money is energy-and conscious awareness is the key to finding its real value. On Your Money or Your Life Robin shares the nine-step program originally created with her teaching partner Joe Dominguez, which has helped nearly three quarters of a million people worldwide reach new levels of comfort, competence, and consciousness around their personal finances. Updated for the 21st century, this two-CD program offers hands-on tools and practical insights to…


Book cover of The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying

André Stewart Why did I love this book?

This is a practical and comprehensive guide to achieving financial independence and security.

The book offers a step-by-step program that covers everything from understanding your current financial situation to creating a budget, reducing debt, and investing for the future.

What sets this book apart from others in the personal finance genre is Orman's holistic approach to financial planning. She recognizes that money is deeply tied to our emotions and offers strategies for overcoming financial fears and building confidence in our financial decisions.

Overall, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom is a highly recommended read for anyone looking to improve their financial situation and create a more secure and fulfilling life.

By Suze Orman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Suze Orman has transformed the concept of personal finance for millions by teaching us how to gain control of our money -- so that money does not control us. She goes beyond the nuts and bolts of managing money to explore the psychological, even spiritual power money has in our lives. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom is the first personal finance book that gives you not only the knowledge of how to handle money, but also the will to break through all the barriers that hold you back.

Combining real-life recommendations with the motivation to overcome financial anxieties, Suze…


Book cover of The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

André Stewart Why did I love this book?

This is a best-selling personal finance book that offers a step-by-step plan for getting out of debt, building wealth, and achieving financial freedom.

The book provides practical advice and strategies for managing money, reducing expenses, and increasing income.

What sets this book apart from others in the personal finance genre is Ramsey's no-nonsense approach to money management. He offers straightforward advice and actionable steps that are accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial situation or background.

Overall, The Total Money Makeover is a highly recommended read for anyone looking to take control of their finances and build a more secure and fulfilling life. Ramsey's practical advice and motivational tone make this book a must-read for anyone seeking financial freedom.

By Dave Ramsey,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Total Money Makeover as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Do you want to build a budget that actually works for you? Are you ready to transform your relationship with money? This New York Times bestseller has already helped millions of people learn how to develop everyday money-saving habits with the help of America's favorite finance coach, Dave Ramsey.

By now, you've already heard all of the nutty get-rich-quick schemes and the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of quirky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. If you're tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, Dave is here to provide practical, long-term…


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